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News in numbers: September/October 2022

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

2 years after having Covid, diagnoses of some neurological and psychiatric diagnoses disorders such as psychosis, dementia and ‘brain fog’ are more common than after other respiratory infections

Children’s risk of developing epilepsy after Covid was 260 in 10,000, compared to 130 in 10,000 after another respiratory infection, the University of Oxford found

77% of people in Scotland were visiting a green space once a week by the end of 2021, compared to 60% in 2019, pre-pandemic

While surveys registered that between 70% and 90% people agree green spaces benefit mental health, as the spaces became important for exercise, social interaction and stress recovery

Around 16 million people in Britain have cut back on food and essentials because of the rising cost of living. That’s 35% of the population. 24 million (51%) are reported to be using less gas and electricity in their home

89% of adults in Britain continue to report that their cost of living has increased – equal to 46 million people

ONS figures also showed that disabled people are more likely than non-disabled people to have reduced their spending due to the cost of living: 42% compared with 31%


Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care. (2022) Family hubs and start for life programme: local authority guide. See: (accessed 22 August 2022).

ONS. (2022) What actions are people taking because of the rising cost of living? See: (accessed 22 August 2022).

Public Health Scotland. (2022) COVID-19 and greenspace survey findings. See: (accessed 22 August 2022).

Taquet M, Sillet R, Zhu L, et al. (2022) Neurological and psychiatric risk trajectories after SARS-CoV-2 infection: an analysis of 2-year retrospective cohort studies including 1 284 437 patients. The Lancet Psychiatry. See: (accessed 22 August 2022).

University of Oxford. (2022) Increased risk of some neurological and psychiatric disorders remains two years after COVID-19 infection. See: (accessed 22 August 2022).

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